People: Jones and Co (Nottingham); GT3 Architects

Charlotte Ashley

Button-maker Jones & Co. (Nottingham) has created a new position within its button sales team.

Charlotte Ashley will be joining the business as graphic design and digital marketing lead.

Ashley has a first class honours degree in Fashion Marketing and also completed her Graphic Design course at Shillington College. She has experience working in multiple graphic design agencies with a variety of different clients and also won the 2019 Nottingham Young Creative Award in the Graphic Design category.

She said: “I am very much looking forward to helping Jones Buttons develop their brand image and further establish their market position. They offer such a unique expertise and wide variety of buttons, there is exciting potential for the business to gain a bigger audience online via their social media channels and website. I can’t wait to use my design and marketing skills to create a strong visual brand alongside improving their website and creating engaging and educational content for their social media followers”

Ashley also represents the fifth generation of the family as her great, great grandfather founded Jones & Co in 1909.

Liz Clarke

Nottingham architecture practice GT3 Architects has launched a virtual work experience for students interested in design and the built environment but unable to undertake studio placements due to Covid-19.

The work experience, which is aimed at students aged 14-18, will last for five working days (typically Monday to Friday), and will be conducted via Microsoft Teams. Students will be asked to deliver their own design project, specialising in one of three potential career paths: architecture, interior design and graphic design.

Judith Atkinson, project architect at GT3 said: “We’re delighted to launch our virtual work experience and hopefully inspire the next generation of architects. We know this has been an extremely difficult academic year for students undertaking their GCSEs and A-Levels and we hope that this experience will help them make informed choices about their career.

The first half of the work experience will concentrate on the content of an exhibition, centred around their own interests, and students will meet the team and learn more about the design process. The latter half of the week allows the student to develop this project using their chosen design stream, developing an architectural project (designing the building), an interiors project (designing the space), or a graphics project (designing the collateral).

Students will be introduced to relevant members of GT3, who will share their own experience and best tips. The week will also be filled with “practice tasks”, designed to introduce students to office culture, such as attending meetings, and will include an hour-long career talk with a GT3 professional from a discipline of their choice.

Liz Clarke, people champion at GT3 Architects, added: “By inviting students to share a week with us we hope to encourage, inform and inspire the next generation of design professionals. As a practice we care about developing the next generation of designers and we’ve always endeavoured to foster an engaging environment for our work experience students.

“Inviting students in has big benefits for us too, as we hear fresh ideas and unique inputs into the design projects so we can’t wait to virtually host our first students.”